UTEP Men's Golf Team Ties For Fifth at John Burns

Martin Simonsen

Feb. 21, 2014

The UTEP men's golf team tied for fifth place at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Lihue, Hawaii.

The Miners shot 580 (292-288) over 36 holes. The final round on Friday was cancelled due to inclement weather.

California won the 17-team tournament for the fourth straight year (278-282-560). BYU (287-282-569) and Texas A&M (286-283-569) tied for second place.

The tournament field featured five top-40 teams in no. 4 California, no. 12 Texas A&M, no. 20 New Mexico, no. 30 BYU and no. 36 UNLV, as well as the no. 30 Division II team (Hawaii-Hilo).

"We had a good solid performance from four guys," UTEP coach Scott Lieberwirth said. "I think it shows we're definitely capable of competing in tournaments like this. Consistency has always been our biggest issue throughout the year. But we're a very capable team when we show this kind of consistency. Nobody played outstanding, but we showed that we don't need everybody to play great for us to enjoy success. It should help our ranking and give us some confidence going into the middle stretch of our spring season."

The individual medalist was BYU's Justin Keiley with a 10-under-par 134 (68-66).

UTEP's Jere Pelletier tied for 11th place (72-70-142), Martin Simonsen (73-72-145) and Roberto Ruiz (72-73-145) tied for 23rd place, Jacob Loya tied for 39th place (75-73-148) and Ryan Fioretti tied for 80th place (78-77-155).

UTEP will return to the mainland to take part in the Fresno State Lexus Classic March 10-11.



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